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Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus
There's a local airfield, about thirty miles from our house, called The Flying Circus Aerodrome. They have regular shows featuring vintage aircraft, but yesterday they had their once-a-year hot air balloon event. It was a great chance to get out of the house and an opportunity to try out my new DMC-FZ28.

We arrived late in the afternoon, after the show, but in time to see the balloons launched. Before the balloons, they gave rides in the old airplanes to paying customers. This gave me lots of opportunities to shoot the old airplanes in flight.

We were there for about two and a half hours, and for all that time the sun was coming from the other side of the field, creating a backlit situation. The French call this "contre-jour," but I call it a pain. Most of the time, I left the camera on spot metering, so I could select which part of the picture needed the most detail. I used the AF/AE LOCK button to hold the exposure once I had it set. This is probably the best way to handle a contrasty backlit situation, and the results showed that this was the right approach.

I used the FZ28's LCD monitor and the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) as well. The LCD monitor worked very well in sunlight, thanks in part to the new setting that automatically brightens the LCD when the light gets bright. Although I hadn't been too thrilled with the FZ28's EVF, it proved to be quite usable. How well did the FZ28 perform? What do you think?

 - This is Rick. He's one of the pilots. Looks like he enjoys his work. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This is Rick. He's one of the pilots. Looks like he enjoys his work.
engine in a vintage airplane - A little bit of vintage engine porn. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A little bit of vintage engine porn.
 - This guy had a bigger camera than me. How sharp is the FZ28's lens? His college ring says Virginia Polytech, 1981.  - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This guy had a bigger camera than me. How sharp is the FZ28's lens? His college ring says Virginia Polytech, 1981.
 - Self portrait in a shiny propeller. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Self portrait in a shiny propeller.
girl hanging from airplane wing - A future wing walker hones her skills. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A future wing walker hones her skills.
girl in airplane cockpit - A budding pilot is quite serious. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A budding pilot is quite serious.
 - Self portrait in a shiny wheel fairing. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Self portrait in a shiny wheel fairing.
vintage biplane - Preflighing the aircraft. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Preflighing the aircraft.
vintage biplane - Takeoff - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Takeoff
instruments in the cockpit of an old airplane - If you take an aerobatic ride, this is what you see when the plane is upside down - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
If you take an aerobatic ride, this is what you see when the plane is upside down
engine in an old airplane - More vintage engine porn. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
More vintage engine porn.
vintage biplane - The flight crew discusses things. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The flight crew discusses things.
 - A soap bubble on the grass. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A soap bubble on the grass.
 - Lighting the torch on a hot air balloon. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Lighting the torch on a hot air balloon.
crowd of people looking up at a hot air balloon - Okay, everybody look at the balloon. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Okay, everybody look at the balloon.
 - An ulralight airplane passes by. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
An ulralight airplane passes by.
hot air balloon taking off into the sun - Taking off into the sun. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Taking off into the sun.
 - More soap bubbles. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
More soap bubbles.
hot air balloons taking off into the sun - A balloon in the sun. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A balloon in the sun.
hot air balloons and a vintage biplane - Balloons and an airplane - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Balloons and an airplane
people in line, waiting for the balloon to go up - Waiting for the balloon. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Waiting for the balloon.
beautiful hot air balloon - Some of the balloons are quite pretty. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Some of the balloons are quite pretty.
hot air balloons in a line in the sky - A flight of balloons. - Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- At the Flying Circus - Bealton Virginia - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A flight of balloons.
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